|What||Golden Rose Day 2021|
|Where||Rosehill Gardens Racecourse – James Ruse Dr, Rosehill NSW 2142|
|When||Saturday, September 25, 2021|
|First Race||11:55am AEST|
|Feature Race||Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (R8)|
We haven’t raced at Rosehill Gardens since July 24 due to the COVID-19 situation in Sydney, but after a two-month break, racing returns for the Golden Rose Stakes meeting on Saturday, so the track should be in immaculate order. HorseBetting’s Sydney form analyst brings you top selections for all 10 races, as well as his best bets and quaddie numbers for the afternoon. The track is rated a Good 4 and the rail is in the true position for the entire course. The first race of the day is set to jump at 11:55am, while the field for the Group 1 Golden Rose is scheduled to face the starter at 4:05pm AEST.
Race 1 – Benchmark 88 (1900m)
Just a field of eight will contest the opening race of the day, and it is probably the right race to just watch on and try to identify a potential track pattern. Our Intrigue looks to have the best winning chance under James McDonald after two cracking runs at her last two starts at Kembla Grange, winning once and placing second most recently. The six-year-old mare drops back to 1900m, but most of these do come through the same 2000m race on September 11. Chris Waller has four runners in the race and they are probably the four winning chances too.
Race 2 – Class 2 Highway (1500m)
These Highway races are starting to wear thin – we say it week in, week out, but they just don’t get any easier. We thought four-year-old mare Chase My Crown could be competitive after running a decent-enough third behind Never Been Kissed at Newcastle on September 4, with that filly going on to run four lengths behind Four Moves Ahead at her next start at Group 2 level. Barrier 14 is not appealing, but there is plenty of speed in the race, which will aid her chances from the back. So Say You ran well in one of these races a fortnight ago behind Philipsburg, which is good enough to be competitive again.
Race 3 – Benchmark 72 Midway (1300m)
Dalaalaat arrived in the nick of time in a very similar race at Kembla Grange two weeks ago, giving Sydney race caller Darren Flindell a win as an owner. The Nathan Doyle-trained gelding rises 2.5kg here and steps out to 1300m, which may be a slight query, but we are getting healthy odds of $8.50 to find out again. Drawn in barrier nine, he will settle in the middle of the pack under Jason Collett and be charging home again. Calgary Queen looks to be the main danger under James McDonald after a good win two starts ago, defeating Sunrise Ruby, before running fourth behind Promise Of Success and Rathvilly Miss last Wednesday.
Race 4 – Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m)
The first of the Group races is the Colin Stephen Quality over 2400m, giving the stayers their chance. A lot of these runners are coming out of the Newcastle Cup last Friday, while Entente is on the seven-day backup after running third to She’s Ideel and Monetefilia in Saturday’s Kingston Town Stakes over 2000m. The son of Dundeel only rises 0.5kg and steps out to 2400m, which will suit, especially considering that he should get a good run on the speed from barrier five with Tim Clark in the saddle. He should be fit third-up.
Race 5 – Listed Heritage Stakes (1100m)
While the top three-year-olds go around in the Golden Rose over 1400m later on in the day, a number of quality three-year-olds contest the Heritage Stakes over the shorter sprint trip. We gave Sword Of State a big chance in the San Domenico Stakes, but New Zealand trainer Jamie Richards opted to scratch on race morning and save his colt for another day. The son of Snitzel has won four of his five starts in New Zealand, including a dominant 3.5-length victory at Group 1 level in March. He does have to lug 60kg from barrier eight, but at the $11, we cannot let him go around and not be on. He is the class of this field.
Race 6 – Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m)
Just a week out from the Epsom Handicap, this field of 10 will be trying to win their way into the time-honoured mile with a win in the Group 2 Shannon Stakes. Imaging has had two runs so far this campaign and has finished bang-on midfield in both starts, which both happened to be at Group 1 level. After finishing 1.7 lengths behind Mo’unga and Verry Elleegant first-up, Chris Waller sent his seven-year-old gelding to Flemington for a crack at the Makybe Diva Stakes, where he finished 3.3 lengths behind Incentivise, Mo’unga and Sir Dragonet, which is very good form for this Group 2. James McDonald on from barrier one should see him box seat and be very hard to beat as Waller aims to win his third Shannon Stakes in four years.
Race 7 – Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m)
Mares contest the Group 2 Golden Pendant, where Entriviere is attempting to go back-to-back in Australia after a good win in the Sheraco Stakes a fortnight ago. She has now won six of her eight career starts and placed second on the two other occasions, so she definitely knows where the post is. Drawn wide in barrier 12, McDonald will have to make a decision early as to whether he goes back again or looks for a closer position in the 1400m event. Fituese ran on very gamely into second in the Sheraco and looks the main danger again, but with Hugh Bowman likely to ride 1kg over his allocated 55kg, it means Entriviere meets Fituese 0.5kg better at the weights, which makes it hard to see the latter turning the tables.
Race 8 – Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m)
The race we have been waiting for is the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes, where Anamoe rightly dominates the betting. After winning the Sires’ Produce Stakes in April over the 1400m, James Cummings gave him some time in the paddock to mature into a three-year-old in preparation for this race. He won well first-up in the Run To The Rose and looks to replicate former Godolphin horses Astern, Exosphere and Bivouac in completing the Run To The Rose/Golden Rose double. James McDonald gets the best rides this time of year, and it is no different here. Fillies have a horrid record in this race, but this year’s pair – Jamaea and Startantes – are both above average and can run out of their skin at each-way odds for those who don’t want to take the even money about Anamoe.
Race 9 – Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m)
While the sprinting youngsters had their chance in the Heritage Stakes and the middle distance three-year-olds battled out the Golden Rose, the Gloaming Stakes gives staying three-year-olds a go at black-type racing as they head towards the Spring Champion Stakes and the Victoria Derby. Richard Litt’s $1.8 million colt, Profondo, won well on debut despite doing a bit wrong, but he looked to have plenty of ability and improvement in him. With the hefty price tag comes large ambitions, with connections opting to be one of only 40 acceptors for the Cox Plate in the most recent ballot round, so he has to have shown plenty of ability at home. Drawn perfectly in barrier five, Robbie Dolan will give the son of Deep Impact every chance to maintain his undefeated record. Arnaqueur will be hitting the line strongly again late, with barrier 13 the only real thing stopping him from being our top pick, and we are keen on his chances in the Spring Champion in a fortnight.
Race 10 – Benchmark 88 (1400m)
It is a competitive way to finish the card, as is often the case, but after riding four winners last weekend at Randwick, we are putting our faith in Nash Rawiller to salute in the 10th aboard Ellsberg. The Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou-trained entire was a Listed winner in the autumn when beating Private Eye by three lengths, before getting no peace in front in the Hawkesbury Guineas and running fourth. The son of Spill The Beans has never been out of the first two Rosehill and is undefeated first-up, which bodes well. If Rawiller can find the front from barrier 14, expect Ellsberg to run them into the ground in the last.
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